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    BlueKoala reacted to kirbz in Whole30 April 13   
    Hi everyone! I also started yesterday and look forward to joining you on this journey! This will be my fifth round. 
    I'm doing this because I have a vision of myself that is not aligned with how I take care of myself. I love the outdoors more than any other space. Mother Nature is my passion, my joy, my serenity, my solace, my teacher, and my example. And yet my health and my fitness are not representative of the outdoor woman I imagine myself to be. So this round is about becoming the woman I hold in my heart. 
    What are your reasons for doing this? I wish you all the very best! 
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    BlueKoala reacted to BabyBear in Another koala-ty W30. Starting 1/2/20.   
    Those sausages were amazing, I made some for lunch today almost the exact same as your dinner. I guess great minds think alike. 
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    BlueKoala reacted to Mfaramchi in New to group - already completed 30   
    Hi! My name is Maggie and I live in Mckinney Texas! On December 1st I started my whole30 journey with the push and guidance from a fellow teacher at my school!
    I completed my 30 days and had a 21 pound weight loss and I feel so great! Everyone is asking for tips and advise and I'm so very proud of myself!
    I am making it a lifestyle now because I don't like that D word! (diet)
    I would love any advice or tips on how to stay strong when those chicken nugget temptations start to rise! :) 
    I look forward to being a part of this group! 
    Thanks in advance 

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    BlueKoala got a reaction from BabyBear in Another koala-ty W30. Starting 1/2/20.   
    Day 8.   No idea if my pants are tighter or not, today I wore a knit dress specifically to avoid considering this issue, and tomorrow I am wearing leggings, so there. 
    M1:   Two HB eggs, one banana.
    M2:   A giant bowl of more leftover chicken with potatoes and parsnips.    Still not tired of it, which is good, because I still have a serving left.  
    M3:   Another late day at work, so dinner was Instant Pot salmon filet with a little (compliant) brown mustard and a side of sauteed spinach.    Simple, fast, good.   This is the kind of habit I need to be getting myself into - as fun as it is to plot out menus and spend some time putting meals together in the evening, sometimes I just come home tired with no ideas or energy to spare and want to put some food in my face in a hurry.  
    Last night I went to bed at about 8:30 PM and slept for 9 hours.     It was lovely.     I'm sleeping a lot longer than before I started the W30 - not sure if I've been sleep-deprived all along or if this is just part of my body's adjustment process and will even out eventually.  For now, I'm just going with it.  
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    BlueKoala reacted to Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    @BlueKoala - it would sure be nice if my heart rate stays low when I reintroduce wine, and jumps up only when I reintroduce something like bulgar or Lima beans.  
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    BlueKoala got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Re the pictures:  do you log into the forum from your phone to upload them?   I love looking at pictures and it seems only fair that I use some, but I'm kinda techno-challenged...
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    BlueKoala got a reaction from BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    ...also, I really like your cardinal salt-and-pepper shakers.
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    BlueKoala got a reaction from Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    The absence of alcohol might be relevant for me, as well, because I do love wine even though I know it's not really good for me.   Although last time when I was doing W30 reintroductions I noticed that my heart rate jumped up noticeably after I added dairy back into my diet, so I suppose it could be anything.   
    (Stalking my health signals on Fitbit is just so mesmerizing, for some odd reason.)  
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    BlueKoala reacted to BabyBear in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    My conversation with myself yesterday (my usual weigh day). 
    What does it profit me to step on the scale?  Am I allowing that number to determine my mindset, how I feel about me, how I look and dress?  Why am I so curious and drawn to see the number?  What if I step on it just to see, what then.  If the number is lower than I expect will that loosen my resolve make me think and feel that I have some wiggle room because I’m “ahead”?   What if the number is higher than I expected?  Will I become upset and toss in the towel?  Self you really do not want to step on the scale, this experiment is not about weight loss!  So that number will not help, it can only do damage.
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    BlueKoala reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    Trying to squeeze to much into to little time is me all of the time, it is typically the reason I’m always late.  Trying to get all the things done and making kabobs in under an hour had us running out the door with a plate of hot kabobs.  Lol my son and I were probably a site chowing down on the kabobs while going to pick up the other son from his class.  We thoroughly enjoyed the Asian kabobs, wow were they delicious and messy
    2:30 M2: venison and chicken Asian kabobs with peppers onions and cherry tomatoes.  Did I mention how amazing these were?
    Monday’s are crazy with all the driving I have to do.  We got back and I just didn’t have the mental aptitude to roast a chicken and get work done.  So I tossed some potatoes in the oven, whipped up my first batch of whole 30 ranch.

    Heated up the shredded chicken I add in the fridge and some whole 30 BBQ sauce.
    7:45 M3 - BBQ chicken baked potatoe with ghee and ranch.  Salad greens cherry tomatoes and cucumbers with the ranch.  Yum, this was so good.  I’m shocked how tasty the ranch turned out to be.  Definitely a tasty filling meal with minimal fuss.  

    Oh bother! Now I have a mountain of dishes to climb.  I think I’ll sit for a moment on the couch and visit with the hubby before I go climb that mountain. 
    Day 6 has been a good day, a long day, but a god day.  
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    BlueKoala reacted to BabyBear in Another koala-ty W30. Starting 1/2/20.   
    The ribs sound so good... this is going on my wish list to try 
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    BlueKoala got a reaction from BabyBear in Another koala-ty W30. Starting 1/2/20.   
    You are absolutely right.   I am getting so much more done - not so much of that "oh crap I just wasted a whole evening doing nothing" feeling - and I'm going to bed earlier, which is making a huge difference, although I'm still not getting up as early as I'd like.  Baby steps....
    Day 5 (so I'm on the safe side of the thing-killing;  rest assured that no things were killed in the making of this post)
    M1:  Three hard-boiled eggs and a handful of almonds.   I definitely need to raise my breakfast game, but you know what, as long as I'm putting W30-compliant stuff in my face in the morning, it's all good (for now, anyway).   
    M2:   Leftover BRCC chicken again.   I was so full I couldn't finish all the veggies, so I left them in the office fridge as a possible snack for tomorrow.  
    M3:  The Whole 30 Slow Cooker's Short Ribs with Cauliflower-Sweet Potato Pilaf.    Wow, this was good - everybody in my family loved it - and I have to say that eating like this on a weeknight (a Monday, no less) felt pretty decadent.   All I had to do in the morning was put everything in the crock pot, and at the end of the day it took me maybe 15 minutes to make the pilaf and render down the sauce.    The riced cauliflower-sweet potato mix came premade from the frozen vegetable aisle at the supermarket, so the only veggies I had to chop were the carrots and onions that went in with the ribs.   
    Not sure why I am doing so much with the Whole 30 Slow Cooker book this time, but the recipes have been great so far.   My usual W30 go-to is Well Fed Weeknights, which is a book I absolutely adore, but it's nice to try some new recipes, and it's really nice walking in the door to a house that smells like dinner.    Tomorrow I am trying Chicken Thighs with Parsnips and Potatoes - I think I'll probably wind up making it in the Instant Pot after I get home since I just took the chicken out of the freezer a half hour ago, but I'm still going to peel and chop the veggies up before I go to bed tonight.   Doing it last night was like a signal to my brain that "This is important -  you are going to stick with this."
    Have a great evening, everybody
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    BlueKoala reacted to BabyBear in Another koala-ty W30. Starting 1/2/20.   
    I would say that should count as a NSV
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    BlueKoala got a reaction from jenincle23 in Finding my Tribe in Cleveland, Jan 6th Start Date   
    Not in Cleveland, but good luck!
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    BlueKoala got a reaction from Ann in Another koala-ty W30. Starting 1/2/20.   
    Oh, great, I just looked up the timeline and Kill All The Things starts tomorrow.    (I know, I know, the timeline isn't gospel, but....)    I can get through this, she said brightly to herself. 
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    BlueKoala reacted to jenincle23 in Finding my Tribe in Cleveland, Jan 6th Start Date   
    Hi! My name is Jen and I live in the Cleveland, Ohio area. I am preparing for my second Whole30 starting Monday, January 6th. I intended to start on the 1st and signed up for Melissa's texts, however, the holiday season was overwhelming and I didn't get the prep time I needed to start strong. I have done this before. I tried to do it two other times after a successful one and didn't complete them. I have done other forms of elimination plans working with my Functional Medicine doctor at the Cleveland Clinic and I continue to work with her.
    Based on my personal health I don't eat as much red meat or bacon that is found in Whole30. I also don't like any kind of cooked tomato or peppers, so I steer clear of those recipes.   
    The number one change that would have a profound impact on my wellbeing would be finding a tribe on the east side of Cleveland that abides by this lifestyle. I am a single, working woman in my 40s and having a social setting and group of friends that are also doing this would be amazing. 
    I listen to Melissa's podcast, Do the Thing, religiously. I'm listening to the James Clear conversation for the third time and picked up his book, Atomic Habits. I opted out of going to a movie tonight to make a dish and start reading it.
    I'm planning to drive to the Pittsburg area on Jan 22nd to hear Melissa speak on her book tour. 
    I shopped for four recipes today and planned when I'm cooking them tomorrow to be set up for a good start. Since I cook for one, four recipes go a long way. 
    I also started rereading the Whole30 book with a highlighter. Since this is not my first rodeo I really want to approach this with a beginner's mind. I probably miss things because I think I already know things. That's my ego. I surrender.
    While I know Whole30 is not a weight loss plan, I want to lose 50lbs. I've done this before so I know I can do it. I need Whole30 to get me back on the path. 
    I'd love to hear from other folks in the Cleveland area. 
    I'd also love to learn how you have created or discovered community to support your healthy lifestyle. 
    Thanks for taking the time to read my post. I hope it encourages you.
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    BlueKoala reacted to LydiaJo in Still Living In Crazy Town   
    Day 3 and all is on track.
    All 3 meals on plan. Went to the office for cart reviews. Decluttered papers.
    Didn't finish the laundry or kitchen but I feel like it was a productive day.
    Got up late today so it will be bed time at 9. Monday I will be beck to work.
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    BlueKoala reacted to Ann in Ann’s Struggles+Successes   
    Three days pre-W30.  Cleaned out fridge and pantry as best I could (my adult kids live with me so can’t really get rid of their non compliant stuff).   And went shopping to stock up on everything.   Made homemade ghee, mayonnaise, and Romesco sauce.   Any boring meal can be made better with one of these. 
    I feel like I’m ready NOW to go all in, except I have plans on NYE to play board games and drink bourbon with my neighbors, so it just makes sense to wait till Wednesday.  At least I know I’m prepared for day one, when I will probably be ....not in the mood to shop, and looking for something I can just grab and eat. 
    I mentioned this in my intro, but my 27 yr old daughter (who lives with me) is doing her own 30-day mission alongside mine: she is a vegetarian who will for 30 days eat 100% vegan, do daily yoga, and eliminate alcohol.  So although our meals will be different, we will be supporting each other.  I sure love her.  
    Tonight I am enjoying a glass of wine (well, two).   Maybe it tastes better knowing I will be giving it up soon.  But I’m also looking forward to committing to no alcohol for a month. I’m sure it is the biggest part of what makes me feel better when I do a W30.  I’m also hoping to be transparent on here with that part of my struggle, without feeling judged. 
    Okay.  Here’s to a successful W30!  

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    BlueKoala reacted to BabyBear in Very hungry mommy 1st Time whole 30 Jan 2020   
    3:30 M2 chicken, carrots, broccoli with ghee and a clementine 
    7:30 M3 venison steak with herbed ghee, sweet potato with cinnamon, 1/2 cucumber.
    I did it!  I was strong today, I didn’t cave when French fries were being waved about.  I made food.  I took care of me.  
    Day 1 - is in the books.